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~ Jeanee



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Wednesday
May142014

7 Health Benefits of Oil Pulling

My 2nd article on allwomenstalk.com has been posted! It's called 7 Health Benefits of Oil Pulling.

In order to write this article I tried oil pulling myself. I must say, putting a tablespoon of creamy coconut oil in your mouth for 20 minutes was pretty nasty at first. Talk about gag reflex! But it got better after a few tries, and the health benefits are great! 

1. It removes harmful bacteria.
Oil pulling can remove germs that brushing your teeth can't.

2. It brightens your teeth.
The plaque on your teeth is not water soluble, it is fat soluble. The coconut oil is able to cut through plaque.

3. It can give you fresh breath.
Daily oil pulling can remove bacteria that causes bad breath.

4. It can help reduce gingivitis.
I'm down with having a clean mouth. Did you know that your mouth is the gateway to other health problems in your body?

5. It can help with excess mucous.
I definitely had this symptom. After oil pulling I had excess mucous collect in my throat.

6. It can help with dry skin.
The coconut oil can moisturize your mouth, lips and even throat.

7. It can help detoxify and heal your body.
I'm all down for detoxifing!

Read my full article on allwomenstalk.com to learn more!

Tuesday
May132014

beauty trend: pink & orange lipstick

Orange melon and berry pink lips are the lipstick trends for spring/summer 2014!

Orange is the "IT" color this season. I've been spotting orange lipstick everywhere! It can be loud or subtle.

So I decided to give it a try.

I was really nervous to try orange lipstick. I was afraid that my lips were going to look like two orange traffic cones! But I think I like it.

Pink is a little more wearable than orange and is more modern than a red lip. This season's pink is in the Pantone Color of the Year Radiant Orchid family.

If I wear pink I usually wear it very subtle in a light gloss. I decided to really go for a pop!

Not too bad!

The lip colors are used are Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain in Rendezvous (orange) and Sweetheart Valentine (pink).

Here are some tips on how to do a bright lip.

1. When wearing a bright lip be sure to exfoliate and moisturize your lips before lipstick application.

2. If you want long-lasting wear, prep your lips with a concealer, a lip stain, and/or or nude lip liner. Put on lipcolor. Blot and then apply again.

3. To pick the right shade of orange or pink choose a lip color with blue undertones if you have cooler skin. If you have warm undertones, then choose something more orange or red-based.

4. Keep rest of makeup simple.

5. Be confident when you're wearing a bright lip!

Here are some orange lip colors to try.

Ilia, Voilà | Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color, Valencia Orange | KAT VON D
 Painted Love Lipstick, A-Go-Go | BH Cosmetics Creme Luxe Lipstick, Sweet Mango | Revlon Moon Drops Creme Lipstick, Orange

Here are some pink lip colors to try.

URBAN DECAY Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color, Crush | NARS Pure Matte Lipstick, Carthage | Purely Pro Cosmetics Lipstick, Mozart | Milani Color Statement Lipstick, Hot Pink Rage | Lipstick Queen Endless Summer Lipstick, Perfect Wave

So what you do you like best on me? Orange or pink?

Will you try the orange or pink lipstick trend?

 

Model images are from Tumblr. This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Friday
May092014

Happy National Moscato Day + recipe

Happy National Moscato Day!

A couple of weeks ago I attended a SITS Girls mini Women Get Social with Mirassou Winery here in Miami. I attended with Shea, of Curves and Confidence, and we learned how to work with brands and had a lovely wine tasting with Mirassou Winery.

One of my favorites was the Mirassou California Moscato. Super sweet with flavors of peach, tangerine, melon and honeysuckle makes this the perfect Moscato to celebrate National Moscato Day!

At the event we also learned about food and wine pairings. So I've come up with the perfect Mirassou Moscato "pear-ing" with Moscato baked pears!

This recipe is super sexy, romantic and easy. It's not only the perfect food and wine pairing, it is vegetarian, gluten-free and simple to make!

INGREDIENTS:
• 2 cups of Mirassou California Moscato
• 4 ripe Bosac pears with stems, washed and dried
• 4 cinnamon sticks
• 4 bay leaves
• 6-8 strips or orange zest
• 1/4 teas. ground cinnamon (optional)

DIRECTIONS: 
1.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Cut a thin slice off the bottom of each pear, so they will stand upright. Arrange the pears in a 9- to 10-inch baking dish. Pour wine over the pears. Add cinnamon sticks, bay leaves and orange zest to the wine mixture around the pears. If you'd like a little extra cinnamon sprinkle in the 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.

3. Roast the pears, basting every 7-10 minutes, until they are wrinkled and tender, for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes, depending on the type of pear used. Only 1/2 cup of wine mixture, or less, should be left over at the end of baking.

4. Use a slotted spoon or small spatula to transfer the pears to shallow dessert bowls. Drizzle some of the wine mixture over the pears and garnish with the cinnamon sticks, bay leaves and orange zest.

Serve warm, at room temperature, or chilled, with a glass of Moscato.

The pears hold their shape, but they come out so soft and tender. You can eat the whole pear (minus the stem)! The Moscato adds the perfect amount of sweetness paired with the cinnamon, sage and orange zest takes it up a notch and adds a very adult flavor profile. This is not your kiddos canned pears!

The recipe makes four servings. You can also use Riesling and Bartlett pears. I love how elegant the pears look. And it's so easy! In about an hour you can impress your partner or a small dinner party with this classy dessert.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe. Have a happy and safe National Moscato Day!

 

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Friday
May092014

Babylon Soap Co. handmade soap giveaway

I've been using handmade Babylon Soap Co. soaps since 2011. They are made by my fellow Michigander Erika. I use her charcoal and witch hazel soaps on the regular to keep my complexion clear. I wanted to share Babylon Soap Co. with you with a giveaway and a 15% off coupon with any purchase!

GIVEAWAY
One lucky winner will win a Handmade Soap, Sugar Scrub, Lip Balm and Cedar Soap Dish Spa Gift Set of their choice in the following scents:
• Oatmeal Coconut
• Coffee Clove
• Lavender Rose
• Peppermint Rosemary

Everyone will receive 15% off their Babylon Soap Co. purchase with coupon code 15OFF on the Etsy shop.

ENTER HERE
Enter one or all ways. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Giveaway ends 5/16/2014 at 11:59PM EST.

 

Can't decide on what to get? Well, let me tell you what I like.

Erika kindly sent me over a soap sampler, some sugar scrubs and lip balms to try out. All of the soaps are made with natural and organic ingredients and give great lather. It's almost impossible to pick which scent I like the best!

As I mentioned before Witch Hazel Patchouli and Charcoal soaps are great for acne-prone skin. Bentonite Clay soap. My husband has been using the Bentonite Clay shave soap to shave his head. He loves it! He says it gives him the right amount of slip for the razor to give him a close shave. Oatmeal Coconut and Coffee Clove are fun and nice scents too. But my absolute favorite fragrance is Lavender Rose!

I always think sugar scrubs hurts when I use them, so I pretty much stay away. But Erika gave me some tips on using the sugar scrubs to got rid of dead skin before I shave and as a foot scrub. She sent me a little sample of Oatmeal Coconut and Lavender Rose. I would put the sugar scrub in my loofah to help lessen the rough feeling. Both fragrances left my skin feeling smooth after my shower, but I enjoyed the fragrance of Lavender Rose the most. 

I'm a lip balm junkie. What I look for in a lip balm is natural scent, smoothness, non waxy feel, and long lasting. And the Babylon Soap Co. lip balms are long lasting. I can put them on and go workout for an hour and my lips are still moist! The Bergamot Lemon lip balm was a little to lemony for me, yet the Peppermint & Rosemary is the perfect every day scent. The textures in both the tube and pod are silky smooth. And I'm loving the Lavender Rose & Vanilla

And the Cedar Soap Dish is so awesome! It keeps the soap from getting waterlogged and helps it last longer. What a soap saver!

What would be my fragrance pick if I won the giveaway? You guess it: Lavender Rose.

GOOD LUCK! (This giveaway has ended.)

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.


Monday
May052014

my popchips love story + cookie recipe & sweepstakes

My husband and I are snackoholics! We love chips. They are our biggest weakness. I think we've tried just about every chip that is out there, LOL! We've been snacking on popchips for years. And now there is more to love with popchips' 15% more bags for the same price!

popchips are potatoes that are popped to be crispy and full of flavor. They are not fried; too greasy. They don’t bake them; too cardboard-y. popchips starts with the finest ingredients and then add a little heat and pressure. Then pop, it’s a chip! Then they season it to perfection for a snack so tasty, you won’t even notice it’s got half the fat of regular potato chips. Perfect for snackholics like us!

When I was a little girl I used to eat potato chips and pretzels together all of the time! My mom taught me this salty combo. I used to put my portion on a paper towel and sit on the floor and watch TV.

Now I can have a healthy version with popchips and some gluten-free pretzels! Then I got to thinking. That I needed something sweet. How about some chocolate?

How about put them all in a cookie!!!

Here is the recipe for:
popchips, pretzel & chocolate chip cookies

INGREDIENTS
• 1 cup + 2 TBS flour
• 1/2 tsp baking soda
• 1/4 tsp salt
• 1/3 cup sugar
• 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
• 1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter
• 1/2 tsp vanilla
• 1 egg
• 1 cup sea salt popchips coarsely broken
• 1/2 cup preztel sticks broken into 1/4 inch pieces
• 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS
• Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

• Mix dry ingredients in one bowl. Mix wet ingredients in a separate bowl until creamy. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Fold in popchips, pretzels and chocolate chips. Dropped rounded tablespoons onto an ungreased baking sheet.

• Bake for 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes. Remove cookies and place on wire racks to cool completely.

Makes 24 cookies.

These cookies are yummy! Perfect combo of salty and sweet all in a cookie!

ENTER TO WIN

Enter your popchips love story to win the more to love sweepstakes, which ends on 5/31. Everyone who participates will receive a $0.55 off coupon and a chance win a date night package ($500 & 3 cases of popchips)!

SNACK ON and good luck!

Many thanks to popchips for sponsoring today's story and introducing me to their 15% more packaging. Now I can feel good about my snacking.

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